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Re: Sea sponge builds a better glass fiber
From: "Stephen J. Wilcox" <steve () telecomplete co uk>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2003 21:54:14 +0100 (BST)




or the naturally occuring coral that can switch multiple oc-192 at line rate and 
give you accurate counter results ?

I'm still waiting for the discovery of its natural enemy, the Backhoeiosaur.


Eric Kuhnke wrote:
http://www.msnbc.com/news/954985.asp?0dm=C12MT

Associated Press

Scientists say they have identified an ocean sponge living in the darkness of the deep sea that grows thin glass 
fibers capable of transmitting light at least as well as industrial fiber optic cables used for telecommunication. 
The natural glass fibers also are much more flexible than manufactured fiber optic cable that can crack if bent too 
far.
"YOU CAN ACTUALLY tie a knot in these natural biological fibers and they will not break -- it's really quite 
amazing," said Joanna Aizenberg, who led the research at Bell Laboratories. 







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